Schwarzenegger’s veto of the bill, that had been aimed at employers with at least 10,000 employees, claimed the measure would do nothing to lower costs or expand coverage, according to Business Insurance.
Of the bill aimed at employers, the governor said: “Singling out large employers and requiring them to spend an arbitrary amount on health care does nothing to lower costs or guarantee that even one more person has health care coverage,” he said, Business Insurance reported.
The Governor turned away another bill last week that would have made the state the primary provider of health care to California’s uninsured residents (See Schwarzenegger Turns Away Universal Health Proposal ). He called the legislation “a serious and expensive mistake,” and further added that the “program would cost the state billions and lead to significant new taxes on individuals and businesses, without solving the critical issue of affordability.”
However, efforts to get employers to pay more toward
health care for their employees were met with success in
Massachusetts, despite the objection of Governor Mitt
Romney Vetoes Per-Employee Health Coverage
calls for employers with 11 or more employees who do not
insure 25% of their workforce to pay at least one-third the
cost of individual premiums, or else pay a $295 per
employee fee each year (See
MA Employers Required to Cover Health